Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned the Government is a “long, long, long way” from being able to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.
Mr Hancock said there was evidence that restrictions in place were having an impact while the vaccination programme was making “brilliant progress”.
However, he said that case numbers were “incredibly high” and the NHS remained under intense pressure.
“There is early evidence that the lockdown is starting to bring cases down but we are a long, long, long way from being low enough because the case rate was incredibly high,” he told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.
“You can see the pressure on the NHS – you can see it every day.”
Read more: Lockdown lifting is a ‘long, long, long way’ off, says Cult-owned Hancock (because we haven’t yet destroyed all independent businesses and employment and made everyone dependent on the state so my masters can completely control them)